Thanks for all the help so far and make sure to help us out by getting in any remaining paperwork or show and sell payments.  Popcorn final payments are due Friday, December 9 with the exception of additional popcorn taken out.

Due to the large surplus of popcorn we will be allowing Units to check out popcorn for additional sales.


With the extended sales we will be reducing the cost to Units while supplies last.

MM – Movie Theater Extra Butter Microwave Popcorn – $10 per box and the Unit can sell for $25 or $20


VV – Chocolatey Drizzled Caramel with Nuts – $10 per tin and the Unit can sell for $25 or $20


SS – Mauve Sea Salt Tin – $6 per tin and the Unit can sell for $15 or $12




Camp Masters is offering any Units that sell $1,000 in retail will receive a $100 gift card from Walmart.


Klondike Polar Bear 2016

Ursus maritimus. Sea Bear. Ice Bear. Nanuq.  White bear. Beliy medved. Lord of the Arctic. Old man in the fur cloak.  These are just some of the names for polar bears.  The 2017 Klondike Derby will celebrate the Ginormous Beast with the theme of Polar Bear Jam on Saturday, January 28.   Plan to be a part of the PBJ this winter!




Another Rocket Launch

Scouts and their leaders/families are invited to Camp Drake this Saturday for the opportunity to launch their model rockets.  Jason Whaling of Pack 224 in Oakwood is hosting the launching opportunity on the plateau at Camp Drake from 10:00 am until noon on Saturday, November 19.  Bring your rocket ready to go into the sky.   Extra engines will be available for purchase to launch a second time.  Please park in the main parking lot and walk north down along the main road to the big open field by the pine trees. 


Re Charter Season 

The recharter packets for all packs, troops, and crews are available to be picked up.     Starting last Thursday, 11/10/16, charter packets are being distributed.   Please contact Mike or Susan to make arrangements for good start to the re-registration process.


Friends of Scouting Family Campaign

The Family Friends of Scouting Campaign kicked off at the District Roundtable, as units signed up for presentation times.  Local Scouters will provide an entertaining fund-raising program to packs, troops, and crews to solicit funds for the Prairielands Council. The program highlights the benefits of Scouting and reviews the need for financial support of the Boy Scouts of America. Each unit is encouraged to schedule a presentation during the winter months for their Scouting families.


Danville Office

Susan will be in the Danville office this Thursday, November 17, 2016 from noon-4 p.m.  If you need anything brought over from Champaign call 217-531-0219 or e-mail before 6 p.m. on Wednesday November 16th.   If you have any business you need to take care of just stop by the office at 305 Woodbury, Danville, IL.




Thank you to everyone who attended yesterday’s district committee meeting, and thank you to the dedicated volunteers who are part of the District Committee, especially Chad Beckett; Committee Chair, Dan Strole and Jill Quisenberry; District Commissioners and all the volunteers who chair and staff the committees that drive the activities of the district.   As part of discussions held yesterday it was decided that the monthly unit commissioner meeting will move to IFSI the second Wednesdays of each month at 6:00 pm.  Decision was also made to cancel the December roundtables.  The site for future roundtables is still under investigation.  These decisions were made due to scheduling and facility conflicts.  The key 3 for PF district are extremely thankful for the use of the LDS Church facilities and look forward to continuing to partner with the membership of that congregation in the future.


A BIG THANK YOU to all the district volunteers who have so faithfully and patiently been cooperating with fall membership and the onset of re-chartering.  The council is still running behind on registrations compared to last year so every application is precious and would be ecstatically accepted at the Scout office.  If you need pick up of registration forms we can arrange to come to you to get every Scout registered before the holidays and end of the year.  If you have not yet done a unit roster assessment with your favorite unit commissioner or district staffer please send a current list of Scouts in your unit to Linda Atherton ( and it will be done for you.

If your unit has not yet done so, please pick up your unit re-charter paperwork at the Scout Office.  Now is the time to determine your leadership and youth participants going into the New Year.  Remember, all re-charters are due in to the Scout Office (signed and paid) by Jan. 13, 2017.



Yes, it’s back!  Your one stop opportunity to go from a block of wood to a finely honed race car.

     Date:  Sunday January 22, 2017

     Time:  from 11:00am – 3:00 pm

      Place:  CU Woodshop

      Cost:  NOT A THING

Bring your Pinewood Derby kit and leave with a complete car.  Open to all Scouts and family members.   Sponsored by the Prairielands Council Alumni.





Klondike Cabin Drawing

Cabin and campsite space for the 2017 Prairielands Council Klondike Derby will be selected at random following the Camp Drake Launch on Dec. 10 at the Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.  You must contact Susan Coller at the Camp Launch to get your Troop or Crew in the Klondike Cabin/Campsite drawing.  Units must attend to win!  Save the date of Jan. 28, 2017 for the next Klondike Derby extravaganza


Camp Drake Interest Form 2017

Camp Drake is looking for potential applicants! If you are even SLIGHTLY interested in being on Camp Drake's staff, please fill out this form! This is just an interest form, and is NOT an application. If you fill out this form, the online application (when opened up), as well as other important information/news will be emailed to you directly! Stay up to date and get excited because 2017 will be amazing!


The form:





85 Years of Camp Drake
The Camp Launch for the 2017 camping season will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10 at Presence Hospital, located at 1400 W. Park Street in Urbana, just off of University Avenue. The Camp Launch program will include program highlights for Camp Drake in 2017, procedural and registration updates, and tons of fun promotional information. Plan ahead today for a fantastic 85th anniversary camping season!




Lodge Holiday Party

The Lodge Holiday Party is coming December 4, 2016 at IFSI.  Don’t miss out on all the fun!

Click here for more info.


Winter Banquet

Mark your calendars for the biggest OA event of the year.  The 2017 Winter Banquet.    The banquet is January 7, 2017 at the Beef House in Covington, IN.   Your invitations will be in the mail shortly.   Bring your family and friends for an afternoon of food, fun and fellowship.   We will be inducting  the new officers and handing out awards..  Don’t miss it!

Sign up by December 27, 2016 to avoid a late fee.  Don’t forget, you must pay your 2017 dues in order to attend.   Hope to see you there!


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